Sep 9, 2020
In 2018, the RAND Corporation entered into a research-practice partnership (RPP) with Quality Start Los Angeles (QSLA), Los Angeles County's quality rating and improvement system (QRIS) for early learning providers serving children from birth to age 5. RAND conducted a developmental evaluation of selected QSLA components, including coaching, assessment technical assistance, and early learning providers' perceptions of their QSLA quality tier ratings. This report provides insights into the strengths and challenges from the developmental evaluation, and lessons learned from the RPP. The authors present recommendations to help other partnerships—particularly those with multi-organization systems—establish strong and open relationships that can positively influence evidence-based decisionmaking, and ultimately improve child and youth outcomes.